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I dont know how else to handle this. My dd (2), loves her 'crafty' stuff. Markers, crayons, bingo markers, paint, play-doh, ect. Asks for it all the time. BUT she is constantly putting it in her mouth. I've tried ignoring her, but she just keeps eating it! I've told her when she puts things that are not food in her mouth, she is telling me she isn't ready to play with them, and I put them up. If she asks for them again in 30 seconds, that's fine, she can have them. This has been going on for months. It's getting really aggravating. EVERY TIME she has these items, she eats them. Right now she's crying because I put her markers up. She was literally EATING the felt part. Her mouth is dyed blue. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I am considering just putting everything away for a few months. But she really loves her things, and I know she will ask for them. What else can I do? TIA
 

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My DD is really bad with this too. Crayons, markers, paper. The only thing I've been able to do is only let her use them when I'm right there with her (both of us sitting at the table, or lying on the floor together, so that I'm close and active enough with the activity to see them go for her mouth and intercept). And just make sure everything you have is non-toxic (of course it's still junk that you don't want her ingesting, but at least it's not deadly, kwim?). Also, the Aquadoodle and Magnadoodle have worked well for us. She does chew on the pens for those but so far hasn't damaged them or herself.
 

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First, you are right to be cautious about toxins going into her system. I would have something she's allowed to put in her mouth and have it readily available. That might include a water bottle with a straw, a teether, etc. Set up a time to do the projects or crafts together and keep a very close eye. When she goes to put the craft items in her mouth redirect her to something that can go in her mouth.
 

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I remember that phase...........dd once sucked the ink out of a yellow hilighter.......all around her mouth was dayglow yellow for days<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Dd was like this for a long time. I second the aquadoodle. Its only water.<br><br>
Also, construction paper will change colors with a paint brush and water. I won't last.....but it will give her a chance to draw without it being a problem if she sucks on the paint brush. Just a thought.<br><br>
Good luck....I would put the stuff away for a while becasue soon, she will be able to use it without eating it (though dd still occasionally licks the play-doh at 3.5!)<br><br>
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beeswax crayons? Wool roving? Fabric scraps to glue together with wheat paste glue? They really do stop eating things eventually!
 

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That is so age appropriate for age 2. I would hold off on the toxic stuff unless you're right there with her, and get non toxic for the rest of the time. If you find beeswax crayons too pricey ( I do!) Prang ( which you can get cheap anywhere) is not only non-toxic but made of soy.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I am right there with her, she's just a quick little thing! I get non-toxic stuff, but I'm sure while it wont kill her, it still can't be great for her! The beeswax crayons are a great idea, I'll try those. She's to the point where she'll put it on her chin while looking at me, like "Ok, I know you'll stop me from putting it in my mouth, but its on my chin...haha!"<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's hard not to laugh at her clever ideas! I put everything up today, and she asked for it like 100 times.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> It was hard coming up with with excuses and distractions. Ah well, someday soon she'll stop eating everything hopefully!
 
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